we’ll be counting down our picks for the top Eight harmless animals that people are scared of. We’ll be going over the animals whose appearance behavior or reputation has caused people to fear them despite there being relatively harmless to humans
They say you are what you eat but you shouldn’t judge an animal by their diet. Vultures are carrying birds meaning that they almost exclusively feed on dead or injured animals. This specialization has led many cultures to associate them negatively with death or even opportunism as vulture is a byword for someone who engages in the latter.
In addition, vultures also have large wings spans which along with their dietary requirements cause many to fear them or their depredations upon seeing them. However, unless you’re dead or dying there’s really nothing to worry about.
2. Coconut Crab.
Crabs are usually less than you’d think to see further inland but the islands of the Indian and Pacific Oceans are home to the biggest land-dwelling arthropod in the world. The terrestrial coconut crab. These enormous crustaceans can be alarming due to their size and big pincers. However while their pinch can hurt they’re not deadly to humans and they are rather slow. True to their name coconut crabs primarily feed on tropical fruit and nuts though they’re also known to attack and eat small animals and birds.
3. Townsend’s Big Eared Bat
native to western North America. Townsend figured bats like most of their fellow bats are often unfairly maligned by humans due to their depiction in pop culture and their association with night and darkness.
These large eared flying mammals are no Bloodsucking Fiends however as they almost exclusively eat moths. Many people also worry that bats carry diseases like rabies. But the percentage of their population that have it is very small and it’s a concern avoided by not letting a bat bite you which is already something you’re probably doing right now.
4. Milk Snakes
are a kind of king snake, whose bright coloring resembles that of their close relatives, The deadly snakes. That’s beneficial for them as it discourages predators. Milk snakes are completely harmless to humans as it is a constrictor, feeding on small animals and even other snakes. Several new monarchs exist to help people remember the difference between them and coral snakes such as Red and yellow, can kill a fellow; Red and black, friend of Jack. Even so this only applies to North American species of the snakes as other regions have different patterns.
milk snakes are pretty harmless snakes. They do not have a strong bite or poisonous venom to protect them. This is where their color and pattern come in. The color and pattern of a harmless milk snake is very similar to the color and pattern of the much more dangerous and poisonous coral snake.
5. Giant African Millipede
easily mistaken for a snake. The giant African millipede can grow over a foot long and nearly three inches wide making it the largest millipede on the planet. While some can find creepy there are actually more Crawly when threatened. These bugs will either curl up in a defensive posture or secrete a liquid that can irritate. But it isn’t harmful unless you get it in your mouth or eyes. In fact some people keep them as pets. The most dangerous thing associated with them is actually the mites that have a parasitic relationship with them which could be detrimental to crops.
6. Naked Mole Rat.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but for most people this animal isn’t much to behold. The naked mole rat which isn’t a mole or rat is an African rodent with little hair teeth outside their mouths and loose aged looking skin. Well they may look like an unmasked Deadpool. These creatures are rather harmless social borrowers who spend most of their time underground making them unlikely to even be seen by humans much less threatened them. Their bodies are actually quite useful for scientific research though as they’re highly resistant to cancer and pain.
7. Aye Aye
a species of lemur native to Madagascar the Aye Aye is a nocturnal forager with several unusual characteristics that natives find disturbing. Besides its large eyes which it uses to see at night, the Aye Aye also has large rodent-like teeth making it hardly something you want to see on a dark evening. It’s most distinctive feature though is its thin hardened middle finger which it uses to tap on and root inside of trees to locate grubs like a woodpecker. Locals believe that the eye and especially its bizarre finger are a bad omen and will often kill them on sight likely contributing to their endangered status. Aye Aye are completely harmless Animals.
8. Basking Shark.
When most people think of sharks they think of the sharp tooth killers that plagued the jaws franchise. However while the dangers of those sharks have been exaggerated they’re hardly harmless. Not so in the case of the basking shark with its enormous size wide cavernous mouth and many rows of teeth the basking shark can seem intimidating but it feeds mostly on plankton and is not nearly as aggressive or even as intelligent as other sharks. In fact basking sharks are more in danger from humans than we are from them as their slow speed and size makes them an easy target for fishers.